Mr. Fusion: Professor sees bright future for fusion energy

COLCHESTER Its what powers the Sun and is the origin of all the solar energy collected on Earth its called thermonuclear fusion. This promising, futuristic energy source is nuclear-based and is clean burning, without creating much radioactive by-products. Now Dr. Alain Brizard, associate professor of physics at Saint Michael's College, has received a $50,000 research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, under the program Theoretical Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Science, to support his research activities during his sabbatical leave from October to June 2009. The title of his project, Nonlinear finite-Larmor-radius effects in reduced fluid models, involves collaborations with physicists at Dartmouth College during the fall of 2008, as well with as the French laboratory CEA/Cadarache near Aix-en-Provence, where Brizard will spend part of his sabbatical leave from January to June 2009. Brizards work focuses on the derivation of nonlinear fluid equations suitable for the analysis of complex plasma dynamics by powerful computer simulations which he will carry out on computers at Dartmouth College. A member of the faculty of Saint Michaels since 2000, Professor Brizard was a physicist in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and was with the physics department at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1994 until coming to Saint Michaels. He earned his doctorate in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University in 1990. Dr. Brizard and his wife Dinah and their teenaged son reside in Essex Junction. Mr. Fusion: Dr. Alain Brizard. Green machine: Fusion energy research. Photo courtesy Sandia National Laboratory

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